Updated: April 10, 2012 at 12:00 am
Saturday morning shootout
Every day we hear attacks on the men and women of the Colorado Springs Police Department. It seems that we are constantly in the limelight for the wrong reasons or for poor decisionmaking processes. Lately credit has not been given where credit is due.
Last Saturday, on a quiet morning and on a routine call, CSPD officers unknowingly encountered a dangerous situation that quickly escalated into what could have easily become a catastrophic event. These officers responded with great restraint utilizing their outstanding training to successfully protect the public. They were able to bring the individuals who were intent on causing harm to citizens and officers under control. This was accomplished without inflicting any critical injuries to the suspects and with no injuries to innocent bystanders. These dedicated men and women put their lives on the line in order to protect our community.
This event underlines the fact that due to careful recruitment practices coupled with exceptional state of the art training and extraordinary dedication, our personnel make the CSPD a world-class department worthy of praise. Colorado Springs is very fortunate to have these quality men and women working to protect our public. Please join us in recognizing the officers who engaged on Saturday morning, for a job well done.
Sgt. Dave Henrichsen
Colorado Springs Police Protective Assn.
A hazardous condition
If folks want to know what it means to have “limited government” replaced by unlimited privatization, our experience may be enlightening. We pay real estate taxes on our little house built in 1898 and property on the west side every year.
A year or so ago, we were astonished to find a big hollow area of ground in our backyard that opened up, revealing an 8-foot-deep and 4-foot-wide hole that could be the remnants of an old septic tank, outhouse, well or even mine shaft. A few months ago our toilet backed up and hundreds of private dollars fixed nothing. We went to the city, but they claim they do not know where our sewer or water lines are. (They have to pass nearby the hole in our backyard.)
So we went to the county about the hole. They told us to seek private help, not theirs, to be paid for out of our small retirement income. We called two county administrators who have yet to return our calls. A hazardous condition exists.
We are told by our politicians that we should be grateful that we are free to be refused government help, for which we pay taxes, and must seek private enterprise at our own expense to get help with this public problem. Someday we will wake up to the need for public services, but probably Colorado Springs, the bastion of so-called “limited government” politics will be the last to realize it, if ever. Sixty percent of our voters, mostly middle-class taxpayers, vote for private businesses to maximize their profits at the expense of a viable representative public government.
Bill and Genie Durland
Artificial personal identities
I am responding to Robert Blaha’s letter in support of the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party (Gazette, April 7), which leaves me puzzled. Blaha claims that the RMBTP is “imperative” to the Republican Party’s future.”
Is that because their members are “black” or because they are fellow citizens?
As long as we Americans insist on pursuing our goals and our ambitions, no matter how noble they might be, on the basis of artificial personal identities such as race, we are simply perpetuating the incoherence that increasingly plagues our society.
Also Blaha’s comments do not appear to me to reflect a “conservative” position.
Cycle of high gas prices
High gas prices explained:
OPEC pays environmental advocacy groups. Environmental advocacy groups buy progressive politicians with foreign money (felony). Politicians block drilling. Supply is less. Oil prices rise.
OPEC gets rich. OPEC artificially drops the oil price right before the election to help re-elect progressive politicians. Repeat.